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Criminal Mischief (08/28/2019)

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Lengthy chase in Dixfield

DIXFIELD – A Dixfield man faces multiple charges after a series of incidents that involved brandishing a weapon and a miles-long car chase.

The man faces charges after leading police on a 43-mile chase through Oxford County on the morning of Aug. 25 after he pointed a gun at another man outside a Dixfield convenience store. Dixfield and Mexico Police, Oxford Sheriff's deputies and State Troopers were involved in the chase through eight towns from Mexico to Woodstock and back to Rumford. 

At about 10:30 a.m. on the morning of the incident, Dixfield Police responded to the initial call of a man with a gun, then notified other police agencies of the vehicle involved.  A short time later Mexico Police spotted the vehicle; it refused to stop and the chase began. Troopers were called to assist with the pursuit during the last eight miles of the chase. After the driver avoided a set of spike mats, a Trooper was able to end the pursuit with the PIT maneuver at the intersection of Congress St and Rt 108 in Rumford.

At the scene, 27-year-old Zachary Yahn of Dixfield was arrested and expected to be charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and eluding a police officer. Other charges are likely.

Yahn was taken to the Oxford County Jail. 

Madawaska mystery meth

MADAWASKA (AP) — Police are investigating the discovery of a bag of methamphetamine in the toy section of a store in northern Maine.

The Madawaska Police Department says the bag had smiley faces on it.

It was found by an employee at Family Dollar Store and turned over to police Sunday. Police tested the substance and determined it was methamphetamine.

The police department said in a post on social media that the incident showed “a complete selfish and calloused behavior toward the safety of our children.”

A meth overdose can be fatal. The Maine Department of Public Safety says there were 26 meth-related deaths last year in the state.

Float plane crash in Rangeley

RANGELEY (AP) — Law enforcement officials say two men escaped serious injury when a float plane crashed into Rangeley Lake.

Video showed the plane attempting to take off and then losing altitude and splashing into the water on Thursday. The plane came to a rest upside down but the pilot and passenger freed themselves and swam to shore.

The Maine Department of Public Safety says the pilot, 69-year-old David Taisey, of Pownal, and his passenger, 53-year-old Mike Koob, of Oquossoc, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

State police and the warden service responded to the scene, near the town landing in the town of Rangeley. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the crash.

Kidnapping suspect arrested

LITCHFIELD (AP) — Police in Maine say they followed pings from a cellphone in a kidnapping case to find a woman who texted 911, and they later arrested a suspect.

Police officers tracked the pings to a Litchfield home on Tuesday afternoon. The woman who texted the plea for help was located, and police began searching for a man.

Police say 36-year-old Joshua Tilley was arrested Wednesday morning after being spotted along a road.

A state police spokesman says Tilley has been charged with kidnapping and domestic violence assault. He is being held at the Kennebec County Jail; it wasn’t immediately known if had a lawyer.

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